Eberhard Schoener ‎– Video Magic

Harvest ‎– 1C 064-45 234
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold


A1 Octogon 6:53
A2 Speech Behind Speech 5:39
A3 Natural High 3:32
A4 Code-Word Elvis 8:01
B1 Video-Magic 4:04
B2 Night Bound City 3:12
B3 San Francisco Waitress 3:22
B4 Koan 11:59

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Produced at the Electrola-Studio Munich and Bavaria Studio Munich, remixed at the EMI-Electrola Studio Cologne August 1978 to November 1978

℗ 1978 EMI Electrola GmbH

Cat# on labels: 1 C 064-45 234
Title on front and back cover: Video-Magic
Title of track A4 on label: Codeword Elvis
Title of track B1 on label: Video Magic

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 1305
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): 45 234 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): 45 234 B-1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1C 038 1452341 Eberhard Schoener Video-Magic(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Harvest 1C 038 1452341 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
EMS-81310 Eberhard Schoener Video Magic(LP, Album) EMI EMS-81310 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
EMS-81310 Eberhard Schoener Video Magic(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) EMI EMS-81310 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
VEH-5003V Eberhard Schoener Video Magic(LP, Album) Vadeca VEH-5003V Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-45 234 1 Eberhard Schoener Video Magic(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Harvest 1C 064-45 234 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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December 7, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
Warning: there are other Schoener titles with the Video-Magic title but are in reality music that compiled his two 1978 albums Flashback and the real Video-Magic. I guess after the Police made it big, the record company decided to do this to emphasize the Police connection (all three members, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are on Flashback, and on the real Video-Magic, Evert Fraterman replaced Copeland, and also Olaf Kuebler on sax, neither Police members, naturally). To get the true Video Magic, you have to look for the Harvest label, and that it's a German pressing.

I actually found a copy at a Eugene, Oregon record store for dirt cheap. Since I was already aware of the Police involvement, and the fact Eberhard Schoener used Mellotron, I wanted to see what it was like to hear Sting's voice backed by a Mellotron. Well, for Police fans, you will find it strange to see these guys venturing into prog rock. "Octagon" is firmly in Pink Floyd territory, with Andy Summers playing more like David Gilmour, and Sting just sticking to bass here. "Speech Behind Speech" is the first vocal track. You can't mistake Sting's voice, that's for sure, but you get faced with just a ton of Mellotron. It sounds completely nothing like the Police. "Natural High" is more rock and upbeat, again the Mellotron makes its presence, it's a great prog piece, nothing like you expect out of Sting. "San Francisco Waitress" is a jazzy piece that sounds a little like a precursor of Sting's own Dream of the Blue Turtles (although it's Olaf Kuebler and not Branford Marsalis on sax). The rest are instrumental, ranging from minimalism to electronic. Throughout the album you can tell this is Eberhard Schoener's show, as this music is very little like what the Police were up to. It's an interesting listen, but I'm not entirely certain this is some lost prog, electronic, or Police gem, but I do find some material I find enjoyable here.